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2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang D-1: Latest from Main Press Center

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2018 남북 정상회담 평양 D-1: 동대문 디자인 플라자 메인 프레스센터서 회담 일정 및 의제 공개

We'll start at the summit's main press center, set up over the weekend in Seoul at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
That's where all the footage is going to come from when President Moon in in Pyeongyang.
Our Blue House correspondent Hwang Hojun is standing by for us there.
Hojun,.. what can you tell us.

Devin, the itinerary for Presdident Moon Jae-in's three-day visit to the North Korean capital was revealed this morning.
According to Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok,...
the President will depart for Pyeongyang from Seoul Air Base at 8:40 am, Korea standard time.
Flying directly over the West Sea, President Moon is expected to land in Pyongyang at 10 am, which is where an official welcoming ceremony will be held,... and wher the world will likely witness an historic encounter between the two leaders at the airport.
President Moon and the delegation will have a short lunch, which will then be followed by the first of at least two planned meetings between the leaders.
After the first one, the leaders will watch an art performance together, before attending a welcoming dinner hosted in honor of President Moon.
On Wednesday, the leaders will have another sit down together,... and if all goes smoothly,... we can expect President Moon and Kim Jong-un to hold a joint news conference,... explaining the results of their meetings.
President Moon Jae-in is expected to return back to Seoul on Thursday,... but do bear in mind the detailed schedule is subjected to change depending on the situation.
Im Jong Seok also underlined the agenda for this summit - improving and developing inter-Korean relations,... mediating and promoting talks between Pyeongyang and Washington on denuclearization,... and finally, reducing military tensions and ending the threat of war.
Interestingly, this will be the first time the denuclearization issue has been discussed between the two leaders as an official part of the summit agenda.
Take a listen.

"Whether an agreement emerges on specific ways to move forward on denuclearization, and whether such an agreement will be put into a document or be announced orally, we can say nothing with any certainty at this point. That's why it's important for the two leaders to hold frank discussions."

So this will be the third summit happening in Pyeongyang,... the last one taking place 11 years ago. There's got to be a lot of excitement among the reporters as well.

You're absolutely right.
The Seoul Media Press Center, set up here at the DDP, is already full of reporters, both from Korea and abroad.
As of 9:40 am, a total of 2,671 media personel have registered to be here. That number will likely go up as more register on-site.
Just a couple of hours ago, South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nae-yeon also stopped by to check on the facility.
In just a few moments, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary Yoon Young-chan is expected to brief the media.
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